What To Do When You Have Mold and a Stubborn Landlord

What To Do When You Have Mold and a Stubborn Landlord

  • Posted: Dec 08, 2015
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We get a few calls every single day from frustrated renters. Most of the time, the tenants can see the depth of the mold problem in their building, but the landlord has not done anything about it. The good news is, we’ve got some suggestions if you’re in this situation. Here at Mold Inspection Illinois, we want to make sure that living in your home isn’t compromising your health and wellness.

The first step is to simply contact your landlord and ask if he or she can be present for a free mold inspection through Mold Inspection Illinois. Most will oblige — however, some landlords that are trying to make a pretty penny off of you might refuse in hopes that you’ll just let the issue go away.

If your apartment ends up having mold, your landlord usually won’t want to pay for the remediation — and without the proof that there is mold present, the landlord is not obligated to do so.

So, if your landlord refuses to be present for our free mold inspection, then you’re in a bit of a pickle. However, you do have options. Simply call one of our specialists at 855-464-8810, and they’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your needs.

Once you get an inspection done through Mold Inspection Illinois, you’ll be able to provide the proof that your home is indeed colonized with mold to your landlord.

At this point, most landlords will fund the remediation process, because they are at risk for legal problems if they do not.

But just in case your landlord is really stubborn, let’s talk a little bit about renters rights, so you’re prepared if your landlord refuses to fund the remediation process.

In Illinois, there is a law that says that landlords must “maintain the property in a reasonably fit and habitable condition”. If your mold problem is fairly bad, you can take your landlord to court and say that a moldy home is in no way reasonably fit and habitable, because it poses a serious risk to your health.

So there you have it. The renting of properties is a business like any other, and landlords will often try to maximize their profits — even at the expense of your health. Don’t get taken advantage of with these quick tips.

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